Problem with Cakewalk and lag/slur in recording? Got me beat

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by MikeHagan, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. MikeHagan

    MikeHagan Guest

    Here's one to ponder!

    Been using GTR Pro 3 for over a year with the following set up and no real problems

    120GB HD
    2 x 512 DDR memory
    Audigy Platinum Pro 2 soundcard (outboard)

    OK, a little latency when I was using Amplitude in real time even when I had the buffers as fat as poss but no real issues. Then......

    Moved from the UK to Australia (Melbourne - no problem there!) set my system up when it arrived and noticed a little noise from the HD bearing - dont think they are too kind to your PC when shipping!

    So put in a new 250GB hard drive. Enter the problem.

    With the buffer set in the normal (mid or safe) position here's what happens. I'll import a set of drum samples to make the basis for a song. No problems.
    Plug in a bass or guitar to put down the first live track and lets say I'm not using any effects, completely dry. I press the record arm option on the track too set record level then strum the guitar. Th record level meter moves a split second later than the strum - but I'm hearing it in real time through the monitors. So, the signal is getting to the PC monitors in real time but not making it to the track without a delay.

    So, in audio settings I put the buffer on as fast a speed as possible. The delay that I'm seeing on the record level monitor when strumming seems to go. Hurrah. Press record and play for three minutes - often, but not every time, the back end of the recording will have slowed down and be out of sync with the drums (not my playing honest!)

    I've read a lot of threads and this problem people usually dismiss as a sound card issue, the sound card I'm using while not being top of the range has worked well for basic audio recording over for a year.

    The only other change I can think of is I have also put Microsoft proffesional 2003 on as my operating system as opposed to the older version that was on before.

    So I am currently reduced to trying to record songs a verse at a time while the buffers run flat out!

    Very frustrating.

    Anyone who can offer any pointers on this one I am very greatful to and if you get yourself to melbourne the beers are on me.

    Many thanks

  2. MrEase

    MrEase Active Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    West Suss ex, UK
    First thing is to double check that the new hard disk is using DMA (check in hardware properties.

    I think your problem may well lie with using what I presume is the XP media centre edition. It seems a few Sonar users have had problems with it. Try a search on the Sonar forum and you will find several threads with some solutions. Not sure if this is on the GT forum though.

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